EAD’s regional offices continue to support their local communities in hopes of building something greater than ourselves. We thank all those that participated and those that are excited to grow our support and efforts year over year in our communities.
Memphis Office – Porter-Leath Children’s Center
Total Donation: $1,300
Toys Donated: 72
Cary Office – A Doorway to Hope
Total Donation: $1,200. Purchased holiday gifts for a family of seven through their Angel Tree Project.
Parsippany Office – Toys for Tots
Total Donation: $1,604
Toys Donated: 107
EAD employees helped spread some holiday cheer in 2022 to some of those who need it most: children and adults at the Open Door Mission. The Open Door Mission is a nonprofit that seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty with long-term solutions and programs; it’s estimated that about 20,000 people are homeless every night in Nebraska, and 2,000 in Omaha alone.
By participating in Christmas Bells (everyday item donation for men and women) and Project Santa (toy donations to lighten the children’s Christmas holiday), and Toilet Paper drive EAD donated:
- Project Santa: 1,347 Toys
- Christmas Bells: 957 Personal Items
- Toilet Paper Drive: 265 Packages
Thank you to the Open Door Mission for allowing us to help, and to everyone who donated to this worthy cause. To learn more about the Open Door Mission, click here.
For the eighth year in a row, we partnered with Bancroft Elementary school for the 2022-2023 school year to provide back to school supplies for the students.
EAD team members generously donated $7,363 through payroll deduction, cash donations, and purchased supplies. We also acquired $859 from the Valentine’s Day Raffle and team members donating their HOPE Wheel Spin prizes.
With the company match for employee donations, we were able to donate $12,668 in total to Bancroft Elementary and provide 964 Hope Moments to the students, the staff, and Bancroft families!
This year we were able to purchase over 3,750 school supplies for the students based on the teachers’ wish lists and were able to provide 144, $50 gift cards to Family Fare Grocery Store and Target for Bancroft families as well as $1,500 for the Teachers’ Conference Meal Fund.
“Thank you so much for all of your generosity,” Bancroft students and staff wrote to EAD. “We are very fortunate to have amazing people like you willing to help our students. They will immensely benefit from all of these awesome donations. You are truly making a difference in the lives of many of our students. We will be forever grateful for all you have done for us.”
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built over 800,000 houses and served 4 million individuals worldwide. Beginning in 2014, EAD became a part of that legacy when we worked on two different houses in Omaha, NE.
For the first house, EAD used our world-class project management, engineering and construction services to build the structural walls in the basement. In 2015, EAD tackled the inside of two different homes: Employees painted the interior of one and erected drywall framing in the other. Because of our hard work, the homes were completed quickly and efficiently so a deserving family could move in.
In the spirit of stepping up, EAD hosted our first Toys for Tots Drive in 2011 and didn’t look back. The campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, aims to “deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.”
Over the past five years, EAD has donated more than 4,700 toys to the campaign, which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to purchase Christmas gifts.
When EAD joined Canstruction® and the Food Bank for the Heartland for the local Omaha event, it gave us an opportunity to showcase our design, construction and engineering talents, have some fun and donate food to those in the community who need it.
In 2014, our theme was “Nebras-Can,” and we won for Best Use of Labels and the People’s Choice Award. We chose to feature Nebraska as the theme to emphasize our Midwest roots. Our 2015 theme, “Water Cooler Can-versation” featured can-built Minions and won the Best Meal award. Between the two years, EAD donated over 5,00 cans of food for the Food Bank.
The Food Bank for the Heartland distributes food to 244 schools and 225 food pantries, emergency shelters and other nonprofit partners, serving 93 counties in Nebraska and Iowa.
Located at 158th and West Center Road, the 31-acre Woodhaven Park received the EAD treatment in 2015. EAD employees partnered with Keep Omaha Beautiful and the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department to pick up trash to keep the park clean and maintained. The park includes a playground, soccer field, two tennis courts, trails, picnic area and shelters.